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The first-graders in Lappeenranta’s Finnish-Russian School of Eastern Finland are carefully writing on a paper the title of their drawing assignment. Even though the children have been studying just for a week, few of them ask for help. It seems that everybody knows how to translate the title Minun kes...

30.08.2010 Subject: Science

The Pushkin Institute in Tallinn with the support of the Russkiy Mir Foundation has marked the start of the academic year with the publication of the first Russian language textbook in Estonia for Russian students attending Estonian schools. The textbook is titled «Tere, русский язык!». The textbook in unique in that it was created based on practical materials and methodologies developed at the Russian Language School of the Pushkin Institute. The school has existed for seven years already and helped a large number...

Rubric: Grant news
Subject: Science

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon met in Sochi on Wednesday, August 18, to discuss bilateral cooperation in various areas.  “I am glad to see you in Sochi. It has become a traditional place for our meetings,” the Russian president said while greeting the guest, ITAR-TASS reports. Medvedev invited Rakhmon to discuss “all the issues we have: economic, political and international in the context of regional cooperation. This is not an easy region and we discussed current...

19.08.2010 Subject: Science

At the initiative of the municipal authorities of Mudanjiang and the Mudanjiang Pedagogical University, director of the Far East Branch of the Russkiy Mir Foundation Alexander Zubritsky made a working visit to northeast China. Alexander Zubritsky discussed with his Chinese colleagues the possibility of creating a Russian Center at Mudanjiang Pedagogical University, a Russkiy Mir Room at the Center for Professional Training in Suifenhe City, internships for Chinese students and teachers in Russia as well as other opportunities...

Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Science

The Russian Foreign Ministry has sent an analytical note “On the state and role of Russian-language mass media in the CIS countries” reflecting the level of information of the Russian Foreign Ministry about the problems of media environment of adjacent countries, principal approaches of the ministry to assessment of its prospects, as well as the political realities in these states, News.Az reports. The geographical coverage of the document is broader than the CIS and includes Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Georgia. ...

16.08.2010 Subject: Science

South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity announced that Russian language would be given the statues of a second state language in the republic, IA Res reports. “In the republic there is much talk today about the development of the Ossetian language, and this is a normal, as the state language is Ossetian. At the same, Russian language should be given the official status of a second state language on the territory of South Ossetia,” President Kokoity said at a roundtable. The...

05.08.2010 Subject: Science

The Russian language has been officially made a language of legal proceedings in Ukraine. Such legislation was approved by Ukraine’s Parliament and signed into law Tuesday by President Victor Yanukovich, Voice of Russia reports.  Ukraine is home to the world’s biggest Russian-speaking community. More than 8 million people in Ukraine identify themselves as Russians, while almost 15 million others claim that Russian is their mother tongue.  Legal proceedings have been held...

28.07.2010 Subject: Science

According to the organizers, the aim of this competition is to reward creative activities aimed at popularizing Russian language and culture. The competition will accept the works of professional writers, journalists and columnists as well as from amateur writers. The competitors have the freedom to choose the format of their work for entry into the competition. It can be poetry or prose, a personal review of an important event, an interpretive translation of a work from a foreign language into Russian, reporting, video or...

Rubric: Grant news
Subject: Science

More than 50 students and employees of the regional tax inspectorate passed the state certification Test of Russian as a Foreign Language in order to confirm their Russian language skills. The test takers demonstrated a high level of knowledge of Russian history and culture and received high marks for various aspects of the language knowledge test.   Head of the philology department of St. Petersburg State University Inna Erofeeva emphasized that the success of the test takers was a result of their high-quality and intensive studying at the...

25.06.2010 Subject: Science

For the eighth year in a row, the International Russian-Language Summer School is being held in Moscow. This year a special class has been added for children with a high level of Russian language skills, RIA Novosti reports. The summer school will be held at the Children’s Health Camp “Moskovia”. The program has been organized to bolster international cooperation in education and promote the Russian language in the world. This year the organizing committee has been chaired by...

24.06.2010 Subject: Science

Today, June 6, is designated Russian Language Day by the United Nations. The idea to mark ‘language days’ was first unveiled by the UN in February. The aim is to support and promote language and cultural diversity, Voice of Russia reports. Another goal of the campaign is to sustain the equality of all six official languages of the UN: English, Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, French and Russian. According to UNESCO surveys, currently the Russian language is spoken by some 260 million...

06.06.2010 Subject: Science

Interest in Russian language and culture is on the rise in Slovakia, and classes are now being offered not only by schools and universities but Russian compatriot organizations.    In the city of Nitra, the Obschina association has been providing Russian lessons to young children with both Russian and Slovakian roots. Every Friday two groups of students, elementary and intermediate, gather at a local...

25.05.2010 Subject: Science

May 5-6, Russian language specialists from universities throughout Spain gathered in the Granada for a seminar on “Topical Problems in the Teaching of Russian as a Foreign Language”. This was the second such seminar held by the MSU’s Center for International Education with support from a grant by the Russkiy Mir Foundation. The seminar was opened by Mercedes Dias Due...

Rubric: Grant news
Subject: Science

Chinese students Chzhan Wenzi and Wan Syao have demonstrated their perfect command of the Russian language in a contest that was organized by International Radio of China and Beijing Pedagogical University in the Chinese capital this week, the Voice of Russia reports. The pair shared the first place of the contest, attended by dozens of participants from all across China. Li Innang, head of the Russian Language Center with Beijing Foreign Languages University, said that the event indicated the necessity of holding more such contests in the future....

21.04.2010 Subject: Science

RussoMobil is the name of a joint Russo-German project created to arouse interest towards Russia and Russian culture in German schoolchildren and increase the number of pupils learning the Russian language (at the moment, this figure is less than 1 percent of all German schoolchildren). This project appeared as the initiative of the West-East Federal Union of German Communities (Bundesverband Deutscher West-Ost-Gesellschaften V.) and the Ministry of Schools and Education of Northern Rhine-Westphalia. The project is being...

Rubric: Grant news
Subject: Science


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